Branding Strategies

De-positioning: The Most Effective Way to Position a Brand in Market

Ask not how your branding agency can help you change the world. Ask how your branding agency can help grow your business.

 

My twenty-plus years career running branding agencies have taught me what works and what doesn’t work in terms of positioning a business for growth. Many trends, perspectives, and buzzwords come and go. New ones continually pop up.

 

You’ve heard of approaches like disruption, differentiation, relevance, unique selling propositions, and personalization. But today, what you hear the most is brand purpose. Not just the what, how, or who the brand is, but the “why” you should care and how it makes the world a better place. This “why” is supposed to align with something bigger, which is more important than the straightforward selling of products.

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Consumer Electronics Branding in Focus: Nikon's Timeless Journey

Nikon, a luminary in the world of photography, has graced the industry with unparalleled excellence for over a century. Yet, with the flux of technology and the proliferation of smartphones, even giants like Nikon felt the urgency to evolve. In their pursuit to stay ahead, to reel back smartphone aficionados, and to cement their legacy in a market shared with Canon and Sony, Nikon sought collaboration with an award-winning branding agency. That’s where our expertise came into play.

Our partnership with Nikon wasn’t a one-off endeavor. Over the years, they have repeatedly engaged with us, trusting our insights and strategies to not only retain their loyal Nikonians but to also captivate a newer, tech-savvy generation. When presented with a suite of Nikon’s innovative offerings—from unparalleled durability to impressive zoom capabilities—we were poised with a dual challenge. First, to echo Nikon’s heritage as the cherished brand for photography enthusiasts. And second, to strategically de-position competitors, leveraging Nikon’s sterling reputation to subtly underscore the gaps in their rivals’ portfolios.

Our eureka moment culminated in the concept: “camera focused.” This not only celebrated Nikon’s undiluted commitment to photography but also subtly de-positioned Canon and Sony by highlighting their diversifications into realms like photocopiers and gaming consoles. With this robust branding foundation, we ventured into designing an aesthetic that was both audacious and evocative, melded with messaging that resonated deeply in the age of smartphones. The underlying narrative? A passionate call to embrace authentic cameras and to cherish the artistry of photography. This branding effort fortified Nikon’s standing, ensuring it continued to be perceived as one of the globe’s most iconic and sought-after brands.

 

What We Did

Brand Strategy, Brand Positioning, Brand Architecture, Visual Identity, Product Strategy, Product Architecture, Product Naming, Messaging, Brand Marketing, Website Design and Implementation, and Comprehensive Brand Consulting